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MacNab Transit Terminal Extends its Hours

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The City of Hamilton has announced that the hours for its downtown transit terminal, the MacNab Transit Terminal, will see it’s service hours extended to be consistent with service hours for bus service.

Starting today, Monday September 24th, 2018 the hours will be:

  • Monday – Saturday: 5am – 1:30am
  • Sunday & Holidays – 5am – 12:30am

The new hours add an additional one hour in the morning all week and a half hour later on Sunday evenings to the winter hours. They would have gone into effect on December 1st.

Notice: Holiday Service Monday for Labour Day

As a reminder, the Hamilton Street Railway will be operating on a holiday schedule for the Labour Day this Monday. On this date many routes will be operating with reduced frequencies while some routes will not be operating at all.

The following routes will not be in service Monday:

Additional service to the 51 UNIVERSITY added starting Monday

The HSR will be starting seasonal service for route 51 UNIVERSITY a week early this year in support of McMaster University’s Welcome Week.

In advance of the Fall Board schedule taking effect Sunday September 2nd, 2018, HSR has added extra service to the 51 UNIVERSITY a week early.

Operating on a Saturday schedule, the 51 University Special will now see service from approximately 11:20am through 2:30am starting Monday, August 27th through Saturday, September 1st inclusive. Buses will operate approximately every 20 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes after 8:00pm.

More information from the City of Hamilton about the McMaster University U-Pass including changes and restrictions.

GO Transit schedule changes effective September 1st

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GO Transit is adjusting some of their schedules effective September 1st, 2018. The changes include service changes for bus trips, however there are no changes to train service to either the Hamilton GO Centre or West Harbour GO Station.

Here are the changes which start on Saturday, AlSeptember 1st.

Burlington Transit Route 1/1X PLAINS and Route 101 PLAINS EXPRESS Changes starting September 2nd

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Burlington Transit is making minor changes to routes 1 PLAINS and 101 PLAINS EXPRESS. To help improve the reliability of Route 1/1x and Route 101, the following changes are being made, effective Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018.

Route schedules are not affected by these changes.

Route 101 Express

Starting on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, Route 101 PLAINS EXPRESS will become an express route between Hamilton and Burlington and will make fewer stops.

Fall 2018 HSR schedules feature route changes, added service

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The fall HSR schedules take effect on Sunday September 2, 2018, and there are a few nota

Transit adds crowdsourced real-time @HSR bus locations

Nineteen months ago the developers of the Transit app started generating crowdsourced real-time transit data. That crowdsourced data is a byproduct of the app’s GO feature, Transit’s step-by-step navigator. While GO guides you throughout your journey it also broadcasts your vehicle’s location. That vehicle location data can help other transit riders with up to the second vehicle location.

Typically, transit apps (and riders) get real time bus location information from the City of Hamilton’s transit location data. With a good data feed, real-time locations take 10–30 seconds to update. With a bad data feed, it can take several minutes. It’s why sometimes your phone says a bus is one place, but your eyes say different. This can leave you feeling frustrated and potentially missing your bus.

Notice: Holiday Schedule for George Hamilton Day

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As a reminder, the Hamilton Street Railway will be operating on a holiday schedule for the George Hamilton Day (Civic) holiday on August 6th. On this date many routes will be operating with reduced frequencies while some routes will not be operating at all.

The following routes will not be in service on this day:

HSR fare increase in September 2018

Different fare methods in Hamilton, including paper pass, tickets and Presto

As part of the ten-year transit plan, which was sidelined for a year before being reinstated last year, the HSR will be raising fares again in September. Fares will go up in all categories except for Cash fares, which will remain at $3.00.

The adult and student price for paper tickets as well as the Presto fare price will see a modest 10 cent increase from the current rate. The Presto fare price for Seniors will also be increased by 10 cents.

HSR Customers can continue using their current 2017-2018 tickets with an expiry date of August 31, 2018 which will remain valid thru September 30th with an additional $0.10 per ticket paid into the farebox.

Authorized ticket and pass vendors will begin to sell 2018-2019 Tickets in mid-August with a new expiry date of August 31st, 2019.

PRESTO Cards now available at select Shoppers Drug Mart Stores in Hamilton and Burlington

Presto Shoppers

Metrolinx and the province are making steps to make the PRESTO fare card more accessible for purchasing, loading, and reloading in Hamilton.

Right now, customers will be able to buy, load, and set discounts for children, elementary and high school students and seniors on their PRESTO cards at 22 Shoppers Drug Mart locations across the city of Hamilton.

Seven Shoppers Drug Marts in Burlington are also equipped to load Presto cards.

An up-to-date list of all PRESTO retail outlets is available at prestocard.ca.

Presto is already available at nine Fortinos locations in the city, which has proven both successful and convenient.